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This classic-rock-themed restaurant and bar––outfitted with neon signs, checkered buses, and guitar-playing skeletons––serves up a menu sizzling with the seductive whispers of more than 20 varieties of wood-fired pizza. Stained glass windows and a marginally creepy stuffed crow overlook diners as they gorge on burgers, calzones, or pizzas, such as the Bat Outta Hell, a fiery concoction layered with an herb cream-cheese spread, hot cherry peppers, spinach, chicken, roasted pecans, and Cajun spice. The Wild Child, a doughy saucer eclipsed with garlic butter, mozzarella, blue cheese, and sautéed spinach, silences the nags of square stomachs. A kids' menu allows amateur earthlings to munch on meals such as a peanut-butter-and-jelly pizza, while adults sample the 18 signature cocktails and six beers on tap, including the Rock Steady Red, The Rock's signature microbrew with four different caramel malts and Tettnanger hops.

2420 Columbia House Blvd
Vancouver,
WA
US

All walks of life gather to eat at Main Events Sports Grill, but the chefs make sure they "eat with their eyes" first. Each pub-food staple on the menu gets two things: a creative culinary twist and an artful presentation. Burgers might arrive topped with bacon and a painterly swirl of peanut butter, or they might catch the light with a J?germeister-based glaze. The adult mac 'n' cheese aims for a more abstract landscape, with its hefty portions of penne pasta tossed in spicy parmesan and white cheddar cream, bits of bacon, toasted bread crumbs, and melted blue cheese. More conventional eye-candy can be found on the 10 HDTVs, which broadcast sports and UFC fights.

For those who don't have time to linger over each artfully assembled plate, Main Event hosts what it calls fast lunch on weekdays?quick soups, salads, and sliders that are perfect for those who need to return to work or get back to chasing their runaway lawnmower. Later in the day, Main Event returns to its more relaxed "neighborhood hangout" pace with Happy Hour specials and innovative cocktails poured by talented mixologists.

3200 SE 164th Ave
Vancouver,
WA
US

Executive chef Faith Fiske tops The Atrium Lounge's more than 10 specialty pizzas with both ingredients from classic pepperoni to more unorthodox sunflower seeds. A create-your-own option, nicknamed The Einstein, lets guests craft their own pie from the same 25 sauces, cheeses, meats, and veggies Albert used to write out the theory of relativity on the back of a calzone. Barkeeps complement each slice by mixing signature cocktails from liquors such as Stoli Vanil, blue curacao, and Bombay Sapphire gin. Until 2 a.m. every Monday–Saturday, the lounge keeps the party going with open mic nights, karaoke, live music, and DJs spinning tunes.

606 Broadway St
Vancouver,
WA
US